Ribbon Cafe in Ballston Spa was the big winner at the 21st annual Chowderfest held on Saturda in and around Saratoga Springs.
Event-goers sampled a variety of chowder from participating vendors for $1 and voted for their favorite. Winners were chosen in seven categories.
The winners are as follows:
• People’s Choice: Ribbon Cafe
• Best on Broadway: Thirsty Owl Bistro
• Best Off Broadway: Dizzy Chicken
• Best Non-Downtown: Ribbon Cafe
• Best Newcomer: Ribbon Cafe
• Best Dessert Chowder: Sweet Mimi’s
• Saranac Cup: Bookmakers at the Holiday
Organizers said 96 vendor, including 14 first-time Chowderfest contestants, participated. They produced 138,000-plus servings of chowder. Some 40,000 people attended the event.
The 21st Annual Chowderfest was presented by DeCrescente Distributing Co. and was made possible by sponsors: Westminster Cracker Co., Saratoga.com, Saratoga Springs City Center, DA Collins, T-Shirt Graphics, DePaula Auto Group, Albany Broadcasting, iHeartMedia, Townsquare Media, Leaf Filter Gutter Protection, Stewarts Shops, Residence Inn by Marriott, Lia Auto Group, Green Mountain Energy, Sysco Albany, Saratoga Today, Courtyard by Marriott, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, John Ray & Sons, Adirondack Trust Co., Clipper Magazine, Wilton Mall, Saratoga Casino Hotel, Amsterdam Printing, Saratogian, Metabolic Meltdown, Julie & Co., Social Static, Impressions of Saratoga, M & M Printing, Hyde Collection, Daily Gazette and Two Buttons Deep.